The Circling and Authentic Relating Practice Guide is a short book that will teach you how to Circle effectively. It also contains a Recent history of the Authentic Relating movement, a comprehensive Resources section, and extensive Advanced Practices and Complementary Modalities sections.
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Note: although the first version is ready, the project is going to remain a “work in progress” for some time as I am opening it to community contributions. I would love to receive your personal stories and other theoretical contributions! Write to me here.
Continue reading Foreword to the Circling Guide…
What is Circling?
Circling is a group conversation practice that usually lasts an hour to an hour and a half, and involves 3 to 9 people. It is possible, however, to have it go on for days and to engage as many as 50 people or more. Circling happens either in person in many places around the world, or via online web-conferencing technology (see the Resources section). Both are great. There are also weekend workshops and advanced training programs, which often run 6 to 9 months.
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From the blog…
- New group “Bringing Circling and A/R Practices into the world”, Sundays on Authentic World - I will be starting a weekly topical circle on “Bringing Circling and A/R Practices into the world”, this Sunday 1/21 at Noon EST on Authentic World! This is a weekly circle for A/R leaders, community-builders and anyone who is excited by the possibilities of the A/R movement and wants to bring it into the world […]
- Inner Relationship Focusing and Circling - Inner Relationship Focusing is a powerful self-healing practice, developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin in the early 90’s. It evolved out of, and is an extension of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Gendlin’s Focusing is a simple, guided 6-step process for accessing and gaining discernment into felt-experience, and from there clearing emotional conflicts. I learned […]
- Circling, vulnerable leadership, and trauma - (This is a continuation of the post Circling, leadership development, and facing shadow) I am having a lot of deep reflections, and also conversations, from the previous post and subsequent events. Two insights in particular I would like to share: It’s that when I show up in vulnerable leadership (which is the only way I […]
- Circling, leadership development, and facing shadow - I get push-back all the time from people in the Circling community, and sometimes outside of it (i.e. New Culture) about my leadership. The feedback is generally in the nature of: I don’t get it, I am a terrible leader (too reactive, to begin the long list of faults and omissions), that what I am […]
- 10-minute Circling group leader format - I don’t consider myself in any way qualified to train circling leaders, but this is a 10-minute circling group format introduction, which I hope will be useful to people with experience in Circling and want to try running a group. It emerged out of a conversation with one of my developmental partners, who was asking […]